This quote from the Dalai Lama always sends my head spinning. It is so true, and I constantly need to remind myself of the choices I am making and why. As a working mum and wife I have often found myself on the merry-go-round of keeping up with a fast paced life, wondering what this is all for. The universe gave me a nudge in a new direction, and things have never been the same since.
In 2015/2016 I was lucky enough to experience over a year of adventure on the road travelling Australia with my family in a caravan. Although we worked at times to fund the trip, it was an amazing lifestyle that allowed us the freedom to really connect as a family, to be awed and inspired by mother nature, to appreciate the diversity of life and to feel truly alive! Having now “settled” back into a work/school routine and suburban living, we do our best to bring a little of that adventure into every week. We choose to enjoy the present, value life and do our best to connect with others and the environment in a way that “gives life”.
It is no longer ok to live a “ground-hog-day” type life, to work to survive and go through the motions without acknowledging what the heart wants. Even though we are in a fairly typical family routine for the most part right now, we now view things differently – we prioritise our health and sense of well-being, connect as a family daily, plan our next adventures together, make small changes and choices that will help protect the environment for future generations, and value experiences not things!
Wanderlust is our new first world problem!